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Trinamool Congress to back Pranab Mukherjee for Presidential poll: Mamata Banerjee

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    Trinamool Congress to back Pranab Mukherjee for Presidential poll: Mamata Banerjee

    NEW DELHI: Trinamool Congress Chief, Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that she will back the UPA-II candidate, Pranab Mukherjee for the Presidential poll on July 19. The decision on backing the UPA-II candidate, Hamid Ansari for Vice-Presidential poll will be taken later.

    Pranab Mukherjee had sent a written appeal to Banerjee to support his candidature. A senior party leader had on Monday said that Banerjee is keen to avoid an adversarial relationship with New Delhi at a time when a debt-ridden West Bengal is in dire need of a Central bailout package.

    Also, Trinamool is unwilling to let go of the railways portfolio, through which it could push populist measures as part of its 2014 project. Party sources said the Trinamool-Congress relationship, which may see increased irritants in the coming months, may sustain until 2014, and a divorce could happen only closer to the Lok Sabha poll.

    "Though the Trinamool will continue to oppose the government on policies that hurt our voters, be it FDI in retail or pension reform, the party will remain in the UPA coalition," a leader close to Banerjee told ET. Incidentally, even Congress has been saying that it wants Trinamool to remain part of UPA.

    Nevertheless, with SP on its side, the government has started making efforts to push economic reforms that were held up essentially due to Trinamool's reservations. The Centre is discussing afresh the proposal for FDI in retail with the states, and is also planning to move the contentious pension and insurance legislations in the monsoon session of Parliament.

    The railways portfolio is also regarded as a key to pushing populist measures so that Trinamool can reap the benefits in the 2014 polls. Railways, under Banerjee, and now her protege Mukul Roy, has been used to vend populism through their resistance to fare hikes and announcement of new trains and infrastructure projects for West Bengal and other states.

    Trinamool Congress to back Pranab Mukherjee for Presidential poll: Mamata Banerjee - The Economic Times
     
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